Snowshoeing at the Saratoga National Historical Park

Yesterday’s high was 30 degrees and the sun was out, it was downright balmy. Of course I had to spend the majority of the beautiful day outdoors. :-) Jordan and I were originally going to hike in the Adirondacks, but after getting a late start we decided to keep things a little more local and check out the trails at the Saratoga National Historical Park. Jordan rides his road bike here in the summer, but I had never been, so I was excited!

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We decided on a 4.2 mile loop called the Wilkinsin Trail.

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What an amazing day for snowshoeing. When we finished the loop (it took about 2 hours) we hiked a few more miles around the park –it was still too nice out to go home!

I’m anxious to check out this park during the warmer months. It seems like it would be pretty great for trail running.

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Snowshoeing Adventures: Hadley Mountain Firetower and Petersburgh Pass

Last week after a few big snow storms, I took the new boyfriend Jordan for his first snowshoe hike. He recently got a pair of snowshoes and was anxious to try them out. I decided on Hadley Mountain because it’s pretty close to Albany and it’s a short hike with some awesome views. It was a gorgeous day for a snowshoe hike!

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The trek up was a little tough because the hikers before us had left a trail, but weren’t wearing snowshoes. It was kind of a pain. This is one of my pet peeves about winter hiking. When there is two feet of snow on the ground, you wear snowshoes!

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In a couple hours we reached the summit!

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We climbed the firetower to get some good views, too.

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The hike down was a breeze because the trail was nice and packed. This was my second time hiking this mountain. It was one of my very first ADK hikes back in 2009.

Hadley Mountain
Elevation: 2,654′
Total distance RT: 3.6 miles

Sunday was very cold, but it was a sunny day, so I decided to tag along with Jordan and his friend on an adventure. They wanted to snowshoe up to Petersburg Pass, an old ski area in the Taconics on the NY/MA border not that far from Troy.

We bundled up for the short hike. It was getting close to zero degrees, with a windchill that was probably below that.

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We were only on the trail for a few hours. It was so cold! But we just couldn’t resist getting out on a sunny day despite the frigid temps! When you have the proper warm clothing, it makes going outside a lot more enjoyable.

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Snowshoeing at Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve

Saturday afternoon Meredith, Jenna and I went on a local snowshoe excursion at the Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve in Clifton Park. The previous week dumped a ton of snow on the Capital Region. I had been waiting for that just so I could get out my snowshoes. Saturday was another snowy day, but the temps were warmer (in the 30s, I think!) so it was perfect for getting outside and enjoying the trails.

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There is a trail that runs along the Mohawk, directly across from my favorite running route, the Niskayuna bike path. It was cool to see the river from a different perspective! The river was completely frozen over and we hiked right on it. Pretty awesome.

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We hiked for about an hour and 20 minutes, estimating we went about 3 miles.

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Snowy Hike at Moreau Lake State Park

So I did not fall off the face of the Earth! Truth be told, I haven’t done anything too exciting lately in the world of running or hiking, so I didn’t feel the need to post. School started up this past week again and I’ve been busy getting ready for that! Thankfully today I had to the chance to get out and enjoy the fresh winter air. I went up to Moreau Lake State Park today with a couple of girls from my Ragnar team, Emily and Jenna. I had never been to Moreau and was very interested in checking out the trails.

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We walked in through the main road, didn’t have a map or have much of a clue where we were headed, we just knew we wanted to wander around the woods. There wasn’t enough snow for snowshoes, but we each did wear microspikes or crampons because the trails were icy!

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Eventually we found a map and decided on a few trails, one called the Overlook Trail, which sounded good to us.

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Emily’s puppy leading the way

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After a pretty steep climb, we eventually found the Overlook. A pretty sweet view of the lake. We could see people ice fishing down there.

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We headed back down to the lake and decided to take a shortcut across.

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We hiked for about three hours and what we thought was 5-6 miles. We finished by noon on the dot, just in time for lunch! We stopped at Druthers for some beer and their famous mac and cheese. What a fantastic day!

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A Marathon in 2015

Today I made the jump and registered for my fourth marathon!

Memorial day weekend 2015 I’ll be in Buffalo to run 26.2! It will be my first time in Buffalo and my first marathon in my home state, The Great State of New York. It will also be my first marathon in my new age category of 30-34. Eeek!

Anyone else running a marathon this spring? I start training in February!

Happy New Year!